Vampire Tour of San Francisco
gocalifornia.about.com: Looking for something different to do in San Francisco after dark? Our favorite tongue-in-cheek tour is the San Francisco Vampire Tour. Join 127-year-old vampiress Mina Harker on a evening tour of San Francisco’s Nob Hill, for a peek under the streets and behind the curtains of some of the area’s most important sights.
Not only does the approaching Halloween holiday make this a good time to go on this tour, but the evening weather is also better this time of year than in summer. Reserve in advance if you want to go near Halloween, the tour sometimes sells out.
Cool! So for all those San Francisco vampire fans, you now have something more to do at nights 😉 just don’t bite. Live in the area? Tell OBS your tour expirience!
Vampires uncloaked, from ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘Twilight’
www.buffalonews.com: He was a tall, cadaverous old man with white hair and eyebrows so bushy they almost created a unibrow. His fingers and ears formed points; his palms were hairy. The breath, rank. Stoker’s “Dracula” wasn’t the first book about vampires — John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” from 1819 is given the credit for that — yet Stoker’s book remains the definitive vampire novel even as hundreds of similar books continue to be released. The hunger for vampire stories is so intense today that these new books are quickly spawning film and television adaptations.
With each visual interpretation, the face of the vampire is changing. No longer does he look like evil incarnated, but instead can take on the form of the good-looking guy down the block. Here’s a look.
1922 — Max Schreck. The now-lost Hungarian 1921 film, “The Death of Drakula,” is considered the first vampire movie, but “Nosferatu,” the expressionistic silent film by F.W. Murnau, is a masterpiece that is still chilling to watch. Schreck was breathtaking as the blood-sucking Count Orloc. Ugly — think of a tall rat — emaciated and repulsive, he dripped pure evil. Watch it today and expect goosebumps. (This film was remade, nearly frame by frame, by Werner Herzog in 1979.)
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”/”Angel”: The “Buffy” series introduced David Boreanaz as the vampire Angel, who would bring love and grief into Buffy’s life. He was later spun-off into his own show.
“The Last Man on Earth”: A plague turned everyone but Vincent Price into a vampire in this creepy 1964 film based on Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend.” It was later made into “The Omega Man” (1971) with Charlton Heston, “I Am Omega” (2007) with current “Dancing With the Stars” celebrity Mark Dacascos and “I Am Legend” (2007) starring Will Smith. A story worth watching under any name.
What do you think of what has become of the vampires?